Visiting Japanese Scholar to Present Lecture Sept. 8 at Southeast

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Sept. 1, 2005 – Takako Tanaka, the 2005 BioKyowa Visiting Japanese Scholar at Southeast Missouri State University’s Center for Faulkner Studies will present a lecture on campus Sept. 8.

The lecture is titled “Postmodernist Views of Two Japanese Writers on William Faulkner.” The event is scheduled for 4 p.m. in Crisp Hall Auditorium.

Admission is free. The public is invited.

Tanaka, who holds a doctoral degree from Lehigh University and has been a visiting fellow at Johns Hopkins University, is the author of A Study of Faulkner’s Fiction: Body and Language, published in Tokyo in 2002.  She also has authored more than 20 articles on Faulkner appearing in both Japanese and English journals.

A member of the executive board of the William Faulkner Society of Japan, Tanaka has presented numerous papers at the annual meetings of the American Literature Society of Japan, and she has been awarded a research grant from the Japanese Ministry of Education.

During visit to Southeast, Tanaka is using the materials in the Louis Daniel Brodsky Faulkner Collection to study Faulkner’s use of aviation and aviators in his early poetry and novels.

Her visit to the Faulkner Center is being sponsored by BioKyowa, Inc., and is being jointly hosted by Terumi Okada and Kohta Fujiwara, the current and retiring presidents of the company; and by Dr. Robert Hamblin, the director of the Center for Faulkner Studies.